State ANILCA Coordination
Documents for Review
Nabesna Area ORV Regulations (Wrangell-St. Elias)
The National Park Service (NPS) has published a regulation package for the management of off-road vehicle (ORV) use in the Nabesna District of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (WRST). The regulation package is supported by the Nabesna Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD).
The regulation package includes the following: 1) designation of trails in the Nabesna District of the National Preserve where motor vehicles may be used off park roads for recreational purposes; 2) prohibition of the use of certain types of vehicles based upon size and weight; and 3) designation of trail corridors in designated wilderness for the use of Off Road Vehicles for subsistence.
You can access the Federal Register notice by going by going to the following website: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-15/pdf/2014-00491.pdf
Comments on the special regulation must be made by March 17, 2014.
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve General Management Plan (GMP) Amendment/Environmental Assessment (EA)
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve has issued a GMP Amendment/EA to bring the 1984 GMP up to current planning standards. This GMP Amendment revises, updates, and replaces the 1984 GMP, and provides guidance for a 15-20 year time frame. The GMP Amendment will provide new direction for stewardship of park wilderness and backcountry recreation uses with management zoning and visitor use guidance.
The Environmental Assessment identifies the following as the purposes of the GMP Amendment:
• Identify desired resource conditions and values to be maintained and visitor uses and opportunities to be provided in the park.
• Provide guidance on how to manage/develop visitor use, opportunities and facilities.
• Complete a Wilderness eligibility reassessment for units 2 and 3.
• Provide direction on public use cabin management.
• Provide direction on commercial services to support visitor opportunities.
Decisions about specific program and project implementation will be addressed during more detailed planning efforts that follow this GMP Amendment. The EA will be available for public review from January 22, 2014 - March 26, 2014 at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website: parkplanning.nps.gov/lacl (click GMP Amendment)
Dyea Area Site Plan Environmental Assessment (EA)
The National Park Service (NPS) is considering changes in the Dyea area of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and has published an EA to analyze proposed actions and alternatives and their impacts on the environment.
Proposed changes to the Dyea area include upgrading the Dyea Flats Road, establishing a formal entrance into the Dyea Historic Townsite, rerouting trails to provide better interpretive opportunities, and establishing appropriate commercial use levels within the Dyea Core Historic Townsite. The plan also addresses graves within park boundaries that may be in danger of destruction because of changes in the Taiya River.
The EA will be available for public review from January 21, 2014 - March 28, 2014 at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website: parkplanning.nps.gov
The public comment period will be open from January 21, 2014 through March 28, 2014.
Forest Service - Chugach Forest Plan Revision
The Chugach National Forest is beginning the first phase of a 3-year planning process to revise the 2002 forest plan under the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule. The public review scoping document and further information is available at the project website.